Brushing one’s teeth after every meal, and flossing once before hitting the bed at night, is one of the most essential rituals for an active and effective dental health regime. However, if you fail to take out time to brush your tongue, or worse, brush your teeth multiple times every day, you seriously need to learn about the dire consequences of failing to adopt the healthy habit of daily tongue brushing.
Our mouth is home to over 700 different bacterial species, and even though not of all these bacteria are harmful, most of them are capable of turning into deadly viruses. And once these bad bacteria are allowed to make home in one’s mouth, they coat up your tongue and begin multiplying their production on the surface of your tongue, and in the crevices lining your papillae.
They begin spreading towards your teeth to cause serious toothaches, small bumps and other seriously damaging ailments that are both, painful and embarrassing. Your taste buds can lose their ability to sense the delicious taste of your favourite means, or worse, tiny sores and bumps can emerge on the surface of your tongue, making it unbearable to eat or drink. And if you’re a regular coffee/tea drinker or a chain smoker, the consequences of not brushing your teeth will only worsen.
It’s extremely easy for the tongue to come in contact with bacteria and allow it to spread it to the rest of the mouth and teeth because the tongue is very much like a sponge, which absorbs and spreads everything it comes in contact with. Therefore, if you allow this bacteria to emerge and spread, it will cause serious mouth diseases and ailments.
So, if you don’t want to end up in the dentist’s clinic, with your mouth wide open and sterilized silver equipment being rammed down your throat, take a look at these horrid tongue conditions to encourage yourself to brush your tongue multiple times every day.
Here, take a look:
1. Unresponsive Taste Buds
When we don’t brush our tongue for prolonged periods of time, it gets covered up food particles, bacteria and dead skin cells, known as biofilm, which coat up our taste buds, and reduce our sense of taste. If your taste buds have been feeling overly dull and unresponsive, chances are that your tongue has been covered with biofilm and requires some gently scrubbing and rinsing to help make your meals delicious again.